UEFA ban Malta player for 10 years for Euro 2008 fix

AP, Monday 20 Aug 2012

Kevin Sammut punished by UEFA for Kevin for match fixing in 2008

Malta's soccer association says UEFA banned its player Kevin Sammut for 10 years for helping to fix a 2008 European Championship qualifying match.

Sammut has denied helping to manipulate the result of Malta's 4-0 loss away to Norway in June 2007.

The Malta FA says the UEFA disciplinary verdict bans Sammut from ''any football-related activity.'' The MFA says FIFA will be asked to extend the ban worldwide.

The 31-year-old Sammut can challenge the sanction at UEFA's appeals panel.

UEFA investigated claims made by members of a Croatian syndicate who were convicted of match-fixing last year in Bochum, Germany.

Sammut was substituted at halftime in the Euro 2008 qualifier when Malta trailed 1-0. Norway scored three late goals to boost wagers on how many would be scored.

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